Sunday, May 15, 2016

Sunday Book Roundup

This week's book roundup includes an eclectic mix of reviews:

In The New York Times, Steve Hahn asks whether we need "Another book about Abraham Lincoln?" while reviewing Sidney Blumenthal's A Self-Made Man: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1849.

The Los Angeles Times carries a review of Andrés Reséndez's The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America.  Reséndez's work is commended as "arguably, one of the most profound contributions to North American history published since Patricia Nelson Limerick’s "Legacy of Conquest" and Richard White’s "The Middle Ground."  The reviewer finds particularly compelling Reséndez's argument for the "clear and direct relationship" between the legal technologies employed in the enslavement of both Native and African-Americans.

The New Republic includes a review of Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter Onuf's Most Blessed of the Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination and also a review of Steve Fraser's The Limousine Liberal: How an Incendiary Image United the Right and Fractured America.  The latter reviewer takes issue with Fraser's ambivalent critique of the "limousine liberal" but ultimately finds Fraser's work to be a "brisk and entertaining history" that "if anything, is too prescient."

At Public Books, historians of citizenship and capitalism might be interested in the review of Atossa Araxia Abrahamian's The Cosmopolites: The Coming of the Global Citizen, a journalistic investigation into the booming business of buying and selling citizenship.

The New Rambler Review hosts a review of American Amnesia: How the War on Government Led Us to Forget What Made America Prosper by scholars of American political development Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson.  Their work is described as a "heavily factual account of the interest groups and money power behind the Republican Party from President Reagan forward, focusing on interest groups and politics rather than theory."

On H-Net is a review of Karine V. Walther's Sacred Interests: The United States and the Islamic World, 1821-1921. Walther's book "situates itself within a growing body of globally oriented literature on American foreign relations" and finds that "American approaches to the Muslim world during the period under study (and afterwards) were premised on notions of civilizational inferiority."

The Guardian 
includes a review of Frank Dikötter's The Cultural Revolution: A People’s History 1962-1976.

The New Books Network has a review of Mary Ziegler's After Roe: The Lost History of the Abortion Debate.  Also up on the New Books Network is a review of Timothy Stewart-Winter's Queer Clout: Chicago and the Rise of Gay Politics.